Explore the most important aspects of accompanying Irish and Scottish tunes on guitar. Tune types, basic right hand rhythms and easy fail-safe chord progressions for most traditional tunes. We'll focus on a few Irish and Scottish tunes to put the technique in context. Players interested in Drop-D, DADGAD, and Standard tuning are welcome.
Three stellar performers on fiddle, plus expert backup musicians on piano and guitar, will bring magic to the main stage. While styles may blend and cross over, Seán Heely and Jenna Moynihan represent Scottish traditions and new directions, while Andrea Beaton brings in the Cape Breton heritage.
Cape Breton piano accompaniment has a special swing and syncopation that closely follows the fiddle, the stepdance and the Scottish Gaelic language. Some fingering and percussive styles as well as 'runs' will be demonstrated.
You guessed it, its about the most popular tune type -- the infamous reel. We will look at a few Irish and Scottish reels, talk about the effects of playing them at different tempos and work on ornaments, phrasing, and thinking about variations.
From our Common Tune List, this great tune by Shetland Fiddler Tom Anderson is about the gradual trend of migration away from the Shetland Islands. "Da Slockit Light" was inspired by the depopulation of the area of Eshaness where he was born. The song reflects his impression that each time the occupants of another croft moved out, or died, another light was "slockit" (Shetland for extinguished).
Seán has quite a few remarkable original tunes, some of which have won national awards and have been featured in Irish Music Magazine and Fiddler Magazine. Learn one of the best, including ornaments and techniques that bring it alive.
Oftentimes, folks in the highlands would sing "mouth music" or Puirt à Beul for dancers. The lyrics would often be about simple subjects and it was important for the lyrics to fit into the rhythm of the tune. No prior Gaelic speaking or singing experience needed.
Please invite your families and tell your friends about this great concert! Short appearances by more than twenty excellent traditional musicians (see list of performers here). Doors open at 6:30PM. Free for Fiddle Hell attendees who have paid for Saturday. Walk-ins are $20 (includes contra dance at 9:30PM). Thanks to Colin McKinley and Oliver Scanlon for sound engineering, and Eric Kilburn of Wellspring Sound for lighting.
Jiggity, jiggity, jig! Jigdom is such a wonderful place to be. Jigs feel great in the bow arm and are great for learning the Irish ornaments. We will listen to the jig style of several prominent performers, talk about bowings, and of course learn a jig!
How do you make your slow tunes gorgeous and haunting? Learn the practice techniques to develop tone and control over dynamics and phrasing to make your Slow Airs legendary. We will study different instruments like the voice and the pipes and learn how to incorporate those elements on the fiddle.